Cincinnati, OH asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio

Q: If rental renewal was not given in lease form am I able to move with no penalty?

I have lived at my current rental property since June of 2020. We communicate with landlord via text. We have only seen him twice. Once when we viewed property. And another when we had a leak. He makes us do everything for maint. and he takes off of our rent. This year when we told our landlord we wanted to renew he said OK and said rent is up another $100 this year. Which we said ok to. He never provided a new lease or renewal. We have been paying rent every month at new price. My question is, since he did not send a new signed lease or one for us to sign - if we decide to move, are we able to be penalized or can he say we broke lease? Even though we did not get a new lease. Or would text conversations count?

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Nicholas P. Weiss
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Text conversations would be enough to renew the lease at the new rate. If you left early you would be in breach.

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